WHERE DID YOU COME FROM, WHERE DID YOU GO?
WHERE DID YOU COME FROM COTTON EYED JOE?
This song takes me back, it was a big hit in the UK a few years ago and when I hear it, I go straight back to when my boys were about 8 and 11, bouncing like loons around the room cos they loved it so much! Sigh...happy days....
Anyway, it came to mind as I was in a ....wait for it.....fabric shop a couple of days ago. What me? After I said about clearing my stash...cough. But I had a reason, honest! I'd been commissioned to make a tote bag for someone to give as a Christmas prezzy and it had been specified that the pattern had to be cherries! And I didn't have any cherry prints so I HAD to go searching for some.
Don't you find that when you're looking for something specific, it never turns up? Well, the sewing gods must have been on my side because in the very first shop I found this...
Ha, the perfect print! And there was a spotty fabric that was, well, spot on for the lining!
Well I like it! I only hope the recipient does too :-D
And while I was in the fabric shop, I looked up and saw this:
The thickest, most luxurious furnishing fabric you ever did see! I fell in love with it and thought it would make an awesome messenger type bag for my future DiL, whose birthday is fast approaching. It was figured cotton velveteen, £25 per metre (!!) so I bought half and cut very carefully. It had amazing selvedges which I was loath to throw away...so I didn't.
I zigzagged them onto the patch pocket for the front. And unusually for me, all seams were on show and I didn't even do lining because the reverse of the fabric was as gorgeous as the front. In fact, that pocket has the reverse facing out as it made it slightly different from the rest of the bag.
I even sewed the handle up with the seam on the outside which I then positioned in the middle and topstitched the edges to keep it in place. It looked rather like a dragon's back.
Et voila - I know it's only a simple bag but it all went together amazingly considering I winged the whole thing. Isn't it odd how some projects just fall in place, while others are like trying to get blood out of a stone. My DiL-to-be loved it!
I've got a remnant left, just about big enough to cover an A4 book...oooh, now there's an idea......
Crop day on Saturday - woohoo, my kitchen will be a hive of industry before then. I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone again!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx